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Friday, March 13, 2020

Pound Cake: Second Floor Walls

I didn't realize as I was taking progress photos this week that I was taking so many! There were a lot of separate steps to raise the walls and separate the spaces, so I hope you'll stick with me here for the dreadfully long update post!

Sink/Restroom Side installed, touch up paint still required.

Top floor progress picture, still more trims and ceiling/roof to install.

It all began with foam core for the walls. The roof/ceiling piece can be relatively easily added or removed now, so getting a height measurement was easy enough. Then I just had to trim the foam core down to 9-3/8" tall.




The two restroom walls were a little more difficult in that I had to replicate the ceiling angle onto the foam core. I attempted a complicated "Rise and Run" calculation, but in the end just held the pieces up to the roof piece to confirm. All was well - at least well enough that trim would make me look like a genius! A quick test of the door frame to confirm the opening followed.

Sink, stairway and restroom walls being test fit.
For the stairwell side of the wall, I added textured ceiling paper above beaded wainscot. This area will only have a peek-a-boo view from one of the side dormer windows, but I wanted a clean, finished look. Wouldn't you know my paper wrinkled a little. Such is mini life...


The restroom side of the wall received pieces of my leftover wallpaper. I didn't need much, and because of where I had cut dormers out, there were funny angled gaps where I had to paste pieces over. Not to worry - this area will be behind the door and will never be seen. Why do I only ever buy three sheets of wallpaper when countless times I needed four?!?


Above the sink I thought a window would be nice. It would give some depth and interest in the room and would also let in additional light from the stairwell/dormer window. I cut a 2" x 3" piece of foam core and glued it, centered, in the space above the planned sink unit. This gave me something to hold my Xacto blade against to cut the window hole. This would not have been necessary if I had planned the window before I glued all of the walls together!



For the wall treatment in the sink and stove area, I tried out a new tip for the Cricut - the Debossing Tool. It is meant to imprint a design into several types of material. I made a subway brick tile pattern using my graphics software, then imported it into the Cricut Design Space program. From there, you can choose to deboss the pattern. I chose deboss and resized it to fit on pieces of wall squares that I'd already created for each foam core wall. The material I debossed was the Cricut Kraft board which is like stiff poster board. The pattern is subtle with this material, but in this application for the bakery walls, worked just fine. Besides, who can complain about no painting and no laying of hundreds of tiny tiles!






To give the tiles a shine, I brushed on gloss Mod Podge. My Mod Podge had a lot of lumps and partially dried bits, so I used a filter and a cup to get a nice clean batch to work with. You can buy these filters in large packs for a small price on Amazon. They work great for filtering old paint, too.



Once the tiles were dry I was able to frame the pass through window opening.


And check the fit of the sink cabinet I made with the Cricut for the space.


Window frame, cabinet, door frame and behind toilet plumbing cabinet painted...


I sprayed the countertop in white satin and then applied a couple coats of Krylon Triple Thick spray gloss. I had a faucet from Elf Miniatures that came with the sink I used in the New Orleans kitchen. By adding the spring from a fountain pen to the spigot and a painted, tapered bead to the end, it looks more like an industrial bakery kitchen kind of faucet.



Now it was time to make sure my initial height measurement for the walls was accurate. I nervously installed the ceiling/roof and said some hopeful prayers...
Success! With a little molding, pre-cut before adding the ceiling permanently, the finished room should look like I knew what I was doing!



I confidently applied the glue and weighted the wall piece down. And waited for glue to dry...


Meanwhile cutting and painting trims. And painting/assembling the Chrysnbon bathroom kit pieces...




And here is the view down the stairs that you will never again see...


And the only view to this side of the sink window pass through, through the side dormer window...


And I made shelving and brackets with the Cricut...




Then installed the restroom fixtures and accessories...



Then the angled side wall and door frame with added transom window...


Frosted for privacy, but which I hope will let in extra light to the sink area...




And installed open shelving for all of the equipment and supplies that one would need to operate a successful bakery...



And other than touch up and trims, the bakery's kitchen is ready for living!


Now on to the ceiling and the lighting.

Back next week with more progress, I hope. Until then, I pray all of you are safe and well, and are making it through this uncharted territory that, together, as a world, are experiencing. God Bless!

xo xo,
Jodi

54 comments:

  1. Congratulations for solving the roof problem. The upper part looks stunning!
    Thanks for sharing the step by step part of the work. I'm looking forward to seeing the goodies this shop will be offering.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you, Drora! When I do these things out of order and in contrast to the instructions it is always a risk and such a relief when the solution grooves to be one that works!
      When it comes to making the baked goods, I have SO MUCH to learn! I hope I will and that the goodies will pass inspection!

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  2. Es impresionante ver el desarrollo de tu proyecto , me fascina la elegancia que estás logrando y la perfección. Gracias por mostrarlo. Buen fin de semana,besos

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    1. Gracias Rosa Maria! ¡Es tan difícil explicar la visión a otros que es maravilloso para mí cuando las cosas comienzan a tomar forma y puedo mostrarte! ¡Especialmente cuando te gustan las ideas!

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  3. I NEVER would have imagined that you could make such a tiny sliver of a bathroom look as spacious, practical and as stylish, as this one does: Really INNOVATIVE space planning, Jodi!
    And I love the window over the stairwell and the wrap around wall and the wonderful looking subway tiles with the floor to ceiling shelf unit and sink; each feature is Top Drawer!
    By your clever delineation of each of its spaces and its practical floor plan,you have made the second floor look twice as big as it is, and I can hardly wait to see the next phase of your Bakery's 'rising'! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I love it when a kit presents the opportunity to create functional and funky spaces that make the project more interesting to the viewer. Your projects are some of my favorites for that exact reason so some of the credit for out of the box thinking goes to you! I hope the "rising" of this bakery will make you hungry for more!!!

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  4. Jodi,es imposible haber hecho un baño más bonito que el que tu has hecho,es increíble,de que forma tan sutil e imaginativa,has colocado cada pieza estrategicamente para que todo encaje a la perfección,en lugar no demasiado grande.
    Me encanta el papel que has puesto en las paredes y esos ladrillos grabados con la cricut quedan perfectos!
    Y lo más maravilloso de todo: que encaja con el tejado perfectamente! Eres una gran diseñadora y me gusta aprender contigo!
    Cuídense mucho!
    Besos.

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    1. Gracias pilar! ¡Me alegra mucho que te gusten las características de la cocina y el baño! A veces, un gran espacio puede ser intimidante para llenar, por lo que dividirlo en espacios con tareas específicas parecía una buena solución. ¡Muchas gracias por el aliento porque me hace valiente!

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  5. Here comes Mrs Nit-Picky..... have you forgotten the towel for your bathroom?
    As always your attention to detail and absolutely impressive accuracy just stuns me. Getting all those wall angles right would be a real challenge for many of us and then the unit precisely sliding into place is astonishing. I love the tap makeover - inspired! How did you make the frosted glass? All round stunner. Marilyn O

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    1. Thank you Marilyn for your kind encouragement and also for your honest assessment of the missing essentials! I have made the mirrored medicine cabinet with towel holder to match the bathroom pieces. Placing it can't happen until the roof goes on as it will stick out above the wall and be a danger to rough removal as I try to install the roof. I may have to place it on the side wall, but in that instance I have also made a public bathroom type of paper towel dispenser and a waste paper basket which will likely be used once actual decorating begins. Can't leave employees and customers with dripping hands!!! :O)
      For the frosted glass I took a small stippling brush and pounced on yellow label Mod Podge in two rounds letting each dry in between. I did the same with my Gingerbread house project years back and actually tinted the Mod Podge with a tiny amount of acrylic paint. It made excellent stained glass!

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    2. I never learn..... as if you haven't planned in not only one towel rail but two 😂 silly me. Apologies. Thanks for the frosted glass how-to that is a definite one for the future. Keep on keeping on in these trying times.

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    3. No apologies necessary! I love that you notice every thing and will let me know when I do miss something - and I surely will! 🤗

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  6. I'm loving watching your shop come together and that you are using your Cricut. It's looking fabulous!
    How did you draw the brackets to use in Cricut Design Space? Did you use a graphics program first and then import? I'm trying to learn how to use Inkscape since I plan on getting a laser cutter, but it's a slow process.
    Have a great and productive weekend!
    Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn! Thank you for your lovely comment and for your great question! I am never too sure how much detail to give with regard to the Cricut process as I fear those without one will be board to tears!
      To get the shelf bracket shape I did a Google search for one. When I found this one it looked simple enough to cut (not too intricate). It actually had a decorative hole in the center but when I imported the .jpg into Design Space (as a Simple image) I was able to weld a small square over it to close it up. Sometimes it the exact image I am looking for is readily available and that saves so much time not having to design and then import one. I hope that helps and I applaud you for resolving to learn Inkscape!

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  7. Wow! You've gotten so much done! I love those tiles. More and more a Cricut looks like a good idea. The bathroom came out so pretty and the frosted glass is inspired. It's really a shame we won't get to see the stairwell very much it's beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! This happened to the staircase in the Stroybook Cottage, too! It's such a shame to lose a great staircase! Thanks for your encouraging comments and I hope you'll share an update post with us soon, too!

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  8. Eres una gran diseñadora, tus proyectos siempre son hermosos !!!

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    1. Gracias Eloisa! ¡Tus amables palabras de aliento significan mucho para mí!

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  9. Stunning work on bathroom, second floor in general, and on the roof, Jodi, all of it is fantastic work!!
    So much progress, and I love your eye for detail, the whole bakery shop is just amazing, elegant and stylish.
    Thank you for showing us your work step to step, in whatever you create.
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you so much, Ilona! It makes me so happy that you like the design and style of the bakery, and having your enthusiasm about my detail thrills my heart! You are THE QUEEN of amazing detail! If we were neighbors I would be at your house every morning with coffee and breakfast to bribe you just to let me watch you work! :O)

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  10. Wow! There is so much to like here. Of course lately I’ve had my eye on how people are using technology in minis. You are becoming the technology poster child. I loved the tiles of the last post and now you take it a step further to make the debossed bricks. I’ve got to try that. Another detail I am intrigued with is the warehouse of dollhouse kits in the background – does that ensure that we will be seeing many more projects in the years to come?

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    1. Thanks Sherrill! It is so wonderful to have a new tool with new possibilities to try and also to have a growing community of users trying ideas so that our growth is exponential! The new tech articles are going to bring in so many new and curious folks, and the prices on these kinds of machines will become reachable to more users. We really are on the cusp of something miraculous
      As for all those kits in the background... 1. Since mid 2018 I have stopped hoarding upon realizing my folly. 2. I only hope I live long enough to make each of these dreams a reality! 3. If/When I run out of kits, maybe I will have learned enough to build my own structures! :O)

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  11. I am amazed at the use of foam core board for your walls. And the debossed bricks sure take the mystery out of what brick to use. As I hand cut ship-lap siding by hand for the chicken coop, I am thinking that there has to be an easier, more accurate way and I am getting closer to considering a Maker. I have a nice collection of cartridges for my Expressions II that I don't want to give up; a friend says that I can buy an external cartridge reader, so perhaps--. I certainly like the results that you are sharing with us along with the Facebook group. The bakery has such a clean, modern look, yet it looks like a turn of the century (20th)cake shop. It's fun watching you.

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    1. Thanks Ann! It was a great relief to avoid more tile by tile laying, and not having to paint or grout made it a job that took hours rather than days! I do like tedious jobs at times, so the shiplap actually sounds fun! Can't wait to see your post!
      I know the tough decision you face having already invested in a cutting tool an all of the components. I used my Explore Air for three years and often took it beyond what it was meant for with cutting chipboard for cabinets. You'll know if/when it's the right time and not just a decision made from fear of getting left behind or peer pressure because "everyone is doing it".
      I am so happy that you like where the bakery is going! I hope I can keep going and make it into something special!

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  12. Nada larga la entrada. Me encanta ver como vas desarrollando el diseño.El baño ha quedado fenomenal y muy bonita la ventana sobre la puerta.

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    1. Gracias isabel ¡Me alegra que la publicación no haya sido demasiado tediosa para ti y que te guste el baño y la ventana! Sin embargo, intentaré mantener el poste del techo un poco más corto.

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  13. Oh, what a wonderful post! ;O) And even with a saying to remember: The "finished room should look like I knew what I was doing" - buahaaahaaa, that was a good one, thank you for giving me a real good laugh!!! You are for sure in the top ten of miniaturists who know exactly what they're doing and who have a detailed masterplan. *grin*

    Whenever I drop by to enjoy a new post of yours I am in awe with every aspect of your newest progress. The speed in which you're working (Jodi: Speed of light - Birgit: Speed of a snail *sigh*), the brilliant use of your trusty machine helper, the genius mastering of the graphics software, the attention to realism and even more to detail and of course the stunning, awesome result in total... Ah, there's always so much to admire here... and so much to take inspiration from. But I somehow pity the stairs which are doomed to become secret mystery stairs... but what a brilliant idea to install a window at that staircase wall giving the sink area more interest and more light. And the bathroom... it looks amazingly big... and so beautiful in your black and white color scheme. What impressed me very much is the self-made brick sheet... did I ever mention before that I'm in awe with the achievements of the Jodi-Cricut-Team? ;O)

    As usual I can't wait to see more... and it adds to the anticipation that you're getting nearer and nearer to the decoration part (*does-the-happy-dance*) Btw - you made me grin with your "confession" of avoiding polymer clay at all costs in your latest comment... and if you ever liked the small pralinés I made from half pearls you should remember that Santa sent you a bag full of exactly these pearls. But be aware - this is addictive. Believe me, I could hardly stop inventing all sorts of crazy cookie types...

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Dear Birgit! Your lovely comment about my being in the top ten of miniaturists who know what they are doing reminded me of my performance reviews each year when I worked for a large corporation. My supervisor just loved me, probably because I always said yes and I always met my deadlines. But a lot of the nice things I got credit for I felt I did not deserve. That is the same with minis. I am shocked when an idea works out and when things do go right I give all of the credit to a power much higher and smarter than I. I am only the facilitator. :O)
      The things that the Cricut has enabled me to do are such a time saver and I think if I had to do them with conventional tools I may just be too lazy to try! So Thank Goodness I closed my eyes and took the leap even knowing that it was not prudent to spend the money on it! I am so happy that you like the results and I am so relieved that all of the hair brained ideas have panned out in this build! Goodness knows I do not need another problem project lingering on my shelves for a year and a half before I get brave enough to try to solve it again!
      And when it comes time to have to learn to make all of the baked goods, I hope I don't chicken out for too long! I am so glad to have wonderfully creative and talented blog friends like you who show alternative methods of making amazing baked goods! And I know I have what I need from a dear friend to make some amazing candies and gingerbread cookies! :O)

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  14. A long post? It was so beautiful and exciting that I read everything in an instant and it didn't seem long! The pastry shop is becoming a small masterpiece, and I still haven't been bored to see all this black and white! I have been away from my hobbies for some time, I have been doing homeworking and have been locked in the house for days ... but today is Sunday and I want to stop watching news and worry. Today I want to work on my doll house!

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    1. Thank you Elenè for your lovely and encouraging comments! I want you to stop watching the news and worrying too! Working on minis is so nourishing for the soul. And a good mini session fills us up so that we are ready to face life's challenges again even stronger than before! So have fun with all your time, and try to trust with all of your heart that everything, even if it looks different than we think it should look, will work out exactly how and when it should. Those who bend will never break! Hugs!

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  15. Oh God! You did a great work, I`m very impressed, it's a very realistic work, absolutely amazing, congratulations on your work. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much, Paky! It makes me so happy that you like the progress and that you left such an uplifting comment! :O)

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  16. Dear Jodi, as usual, you are charging forward at the speed of light! The results are Awesome!!! This must say a lot for the Power of Dreaming about it for a long time... you know exactly what you want! And you have the know-how to achieve your vision! I am very impressed with the uniform and polished look of this shop! (Here is where I must mumble about being a ditherer and liking bright colors in my projects... so it is clear I would never be able to live up to these standards!) I know for sure you will be adding all the brilliant color in the delicious cakes and baked goods and decorations... which makes me admire even more your faithful dedication to the color scheme! It is going to be so so Delicious! And meanwhile it is beautifully clean-cut and polished and professional looking! Well done!!! :):) Stay safe, and keep making minis! :):)

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    1. Thank you Dear Betsy and I am so glad that you like the uniformity of the color scheme and foundational decor! I think working with this palette is making it easy on me - not too many decisions to make, lol! I love your bright and vibrant spaces, and often marvel at how lovely your color and texture combinations play with one another! I do hope that when I begin to add accessories that the bakery will come to life and allow the viewer to see the activity, letting the walls fade into the background. I know nothing of artistic theory, so it's all a crap shoot for me! But it is fun to explore new methods and ideas, and I am learning so much that whatever the outcome, my gratitude for the opportunity will be the most prevalent feeling!
      I hope you are staying safe, too, and I hope that the world stopping will allow for more creative time for you, as well! 💗💗💗

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  17. What a great post! I'm thoroughly enjoying watching this project come together.
    That Cricut is an amazing machine. Love the brick made with the debosser, as well as your kitchen sink. That little spring on the faucet is genius! This is all coming together so well. The floor, the fixtures, the wallpaper--so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Deb! I feel as though I great weight has been lifted off now that all the foundation parts work around my changes! Phew! Only really the porch to go and the kit box will be empty! A grand feeling!
      I don't remember where I saw the spring being added to a faucet, but I thank the person who came up with it because I had it stored in the dark recesses for this very occasion! And my faucet supplies are running low so getting creative was a must here! The next big hurtle will be the lighting - always a gut wrenching feeling no matter how many time you've overcome it in the past!

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  18. I love this so much! It makes me so happy when I see your posts and I get to take my time reading them. You are a genius.
    Craft on!

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    1. Thanks Janice! I wish I was a real genius but the good news is that in miniatures your I.Q. can be raised by your determination level, lol! And by all of the shared knowledge in our amazingly creative and resourceful community! I'm so happy that you enjoy the progress posts and hope they inspire you to come up with your own genius ideas!

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  19. Brilliant work Jodi!! I am loving this space. Your work, designs and ideas are so spectacular. I have to say that the debossing tool is genius, I can see all the possibilities, as your tile walls, they´re fantastic, to me they look just perfect. I enjoy this entry a lot, keep the wonderful work dear Jodi, I can´t wait to see what´s next. And be safe. xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Alex for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement! The deboss tool is going to be fun to use for future ideas such as raised wallpaper designs and textures of all kinds! It will be especially handy when you want to avoid the time and effort to lay and grout hundreds of tiny bricks and tiles! Hooray for technology!

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  20. Absolutely in awe of your creativity lately! That tile is fantastic! Way to go!!! So easy and the results are perfect. I've checked and my Silhouette machine and sadly this particular one can't emboss. I don't have access to a laser cutter while the library is shut down for the time being and your idea got me hopeful. Oh well!
    I'm loving the second floor layout with the bathroom. Especially the frosted glass above the door. And that stairwell is soo cool, too bad we won't see more of it! I'm so looking forward to seeing the next steps.
    Hope you and your family stay well xx

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    1. Thanks Kristine! I'm so glad you like the bakery's progress! All of the ideas lately have involved the Cricut in one way or another and I am so happy to have this new tool to try out ideas with! If your Silhouette has a tool for making fold lines in cards it may just be worth a try to see if the deboss it creates gives enough of a texture to pass as brick or tile. Adding a high shine finish can also help sell the illusion.
      That's a bummer about the library access but I hope you can still find some extra time to work creatively! I see there's a new post from you and I am so excited to go and see what you've been up to!

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  21. Everything is perfect in the second floor. The small bathroom is very beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Faby! I am so glad that you like the progress!

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  22. Jodi - I don't believe that it will be the adding of trim to the fitted roof line that will make you look like a genius. You truly are a genius!! I so envy your ability to translate your vision into such a beautifully and skillfully finished work of art. absolutely gorgeous. - Marilyn D.

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    1. You are such a sweet lady and far too kind! But Thank You Marilyn! I hope as the progress on the bakery continues that I won't let you down! Now if I could just get past the shock of what is happening and worry for those around the world facing so much hardship right now, I might be able to craft once more. Currently I am stunned into inaction!

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  23. Mindboggling. your dedication tot the black and white scheme is strict yet the result is bright and lively where it could easily have been bland or sombre. And I love it! And you work with the speed of lightning. Now some people could get worried about that. I work at a snails pace compared to you. And than we have to imagine a snail that is probably regarded a sloth and dreamer by its peers. :-)

    But seeing the stacks of kit houses ad rooms I am not worried at all. So much to choose from when Pound Cake is completed. Never the less, back to the bakery. I loved reading up on this post and look forward to the roof and the ceiling. What will you have in store for us.

    For now I have made a little tribute for pound cake by baking an apple cake for the weekend. I would send you a picture as proof, but for some reason the slices have disappeared as soon as I'm ready to take a picture. But I will persevere. A slice at a time, just like you with this gorgeous project!

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    1. Hi Huibrecht!
      I am so happy to hear that the black and white isn't driving you crazy! You could not be more on target with the fact that it is challenging to stay interested when you are working in a monochromatic environment for so many months! I am a person who really enjoys vibrant color, so being immersed in the black and white palette is taking it's toll! In fact, in my next post you'll see where boredom leads me!
      Baking is such an excellent activity for our current set of circumstances. And I am an enormous fan of cake! Your apple cake sounds delicious, and while I was not as ambitious as you, I did make some yummy banana muffins that did not last the day! Yum!

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  24. jodi, for one of the other reason your weekly updates are always landing up in my spam folder. so, this morning I retrieved them..
    your project comes along great. you have to do a lot of planing - each step has to be the right one. especially with the slanting roof - love your loo :-). and I am very impressed with what you can do with your cricut. I just learned how to operate a laser - but now the fablab where I do this is closed for a while... like everything.
    the ceiling on the ground floor is spectacular. and with all the different floors you definitely did not make life easier for yourself ;-) but then: the result is perfect!
    looking forward to seeing the development. hugs

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    1. Hi Marion and Thank You for stopping by! I am so glad that you found me, even if I did end up in "Spam"! My own replies to comments end up in my spam folder from time to time, and yet the Tactical Flashlight emails always make it through just fine! :O)
      I am so glad that you like where this bakery is leading me, but I am so sorry to hear that the virus has stopped you from being able to continue learning with the laser machine! If only they were more affordable and we could all have our own at home!!!
      I know that genius mind of yours will find so many wonderful and creative things for you to play with during our time at home and I can't wait to read about them all!

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  25. Jodi, que maravilloso ver tu trabajo.
    No sabría decirte que es lo que más me gusta,el diseño en general es espectacular, el papel de las paredes es muy bonito, pero sin duda el baño es mi favorito 😍💕, el suelo es perfecto.
    Deseando ver más.
    Un besin

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    1. Gracias carolina ¡Estoy muy contento de que te gusten todos los elementos y el piso de baldosas del baño fue la inspiración para todo el segundo piso! Necesito un poco de color por un tiempo, ¡pero volveré a la panadería y comenzaré el exterior pronto! ¡Quédate bien, amigo!

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  26. Ooo that water closet and bathroom that sink so real and loved the distrassed stairs!!!
    have a nice day,
    groetjes van Marijke

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